Flea Repellent

Flea repellent are products that allow to kill fleas. They can help to solve your problem not only if your pets have been attacked but also if fleas have infested your house. It doesn’t matter what is your current problem with fleas, if you have one, soon or later you are going to buy one of these products.

Choosing the right flea repellent can be sometimes complicated. There are many products of different types on the market and most of them are dangerous for your pets, you and the environment you are living in. So, it is important to be very careful when you decide to choose a flea repellent.

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Things to do before using a flea repellent

Before using any flea repellent, you should find out if your pets or your home has been infested. Since they are very small, find fleas could be difficult sometimes. In the case, they have attacked your pets, you will have to be very patient and check carefully through their hair.

In the case of fleas on humans, find them it’s much easier. This is because, when fleas bite you, usually on the legs, they leave a very visible mark and you will feel a burning sensation and itch. Immediately after the bite you will also notice that the skin is going to be very red.

In the case you have fleas in house, it is very important that you look for them in carpets, pillowcases, curtains, moquette, couches and beds. Fleas like to hide in dusty areas and generally in dark, hot and humid places.

How to chose a flea repellent

As I mentioned before, flea repellents are not easy products to choose, but they become necessary to keep away fleas from the environment you are living in.

When you buy a flea repellent you need to remember that you are going to use the product on your house, your pets and sometime even on yourself. This means that it is very important to not buy cheap products that can harm you or your animals. When buying products that are going to be in direct contact with you or your animals money is the last thing you should worry about.

What you should look for in a flea repellent is:

  • what is inside the product
  • how toxic it is
  • if it is aggressive
  • how effective it is

Usually, people trust doctors and vets to know which is the best flea repellent they can buy. If you spend some time looking at what is actually inside these products you will know that they are full of chemicals and also quite dangerous. Just reading at the information sheet of any flea repellent, you will notice that they suggest not to get in direct contact with the product and to avoid smelling it. Think about what you have just read. Since these products are toxic and dangerous for you, how can they be good for your pets? Flea repellent can cause allergies, dermatitis and poisoning if ingested or licked. There are products that might be less aggressive, but this does not mean they will be less dangerous.

Types of flea repellents

There are few options of flea repellent you can choose from. Depending on what it is your problem with fleas you may opt for one of these solutions:

Spray – anti-flea sprays are used on the hair of animals. They are toxic if breathed and it is suggested to used them in aired areas.

Spoton – spot on treatments are sold in a single dose solution and have to be applied between the shoulder blades of your pet (so they won’t lick it). It is very important to make sure they do not ingest the product since they are toxic.

Shampoo – it is used as any common shampoo. It is less dangerous than other products but also less effective. Because of this you have to use it many times.

Collar – it looks like a normal collar, but it slowly releases a substance that should keep fleas away. It could be a good option if it wasn’t for the fact that it can cause itch and your pets may not like it.

What I strongly suggest is to use a natural flea repellent. On the market there are many companies that sell repellent without any toxic chemical inside. However, before you get any of them, you should be very careful. It is very common to find misleading products and sometimes even dangerous ones. Not everybody knows that many substances inside flea repellents  are dangerous to your pets and you and they should be completely avoided and in my opinion banned.

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Cat Fleas

Cat Fleas (also called Ctenocephalides felis) have dimensions of 2-3 mm and have generally a more flat shape than other parasites of the same family, such as dog fleas.This is not the only difference that there is. Their color is reddish or brown and they survive living off cat’s blood to complete their life cycle. Another characteristic of cat fleas is their prominent genal comb that allow them to pierce the skin of the cat and make very hard to remove them from it.

In order to live, cat fleas needs warm and humid temperature. This is why the fur of your cats is going to be the perfect place for them to settle in. This will permit them to survive even during cold periods and to reproduce. It is also possible that at a certain point they will decide to move on another host, which doesn’t have to be a cat but it can also be any another animal, even us.

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Behavior and flea bites on cats

The reproductive capacity of cat fleas is very high. They can lay 15 to 40 eggs per day and more than 2,000 eggs in a lifetime. Even if the eggs are lay on the cat, they are going to fall and settle inside the environment where the cat lives.In good environmental condition a flea will move from the egg stage to larval stage in just 10 days. Then they will hide in dark, humid and hot places inside your house like carpets, couches, beds or other dusty areas. In few weeks they will end their cycle becoming first pupae then adult.

Once they reach the adult stage they will start looking for a host, usually  a cat, but they can choose also another pet or other animals. Then they will settle inside its hair and getting the nourishment from its blood. Flea bites are going to be very irritating for your cat. They will cause itch, red skin and in the worst cases infections or dermatitis. You are going to immediately understand when your cat is bitten because it will start scratching very hard.

How to get rid of cat fleas

The first step to get rid of cat fleas is to find them. To do so you will have to look very carefully inside the hair of your cat and in the places where it sleeps. I suggest using a hand lens when you do the search because sometimes could be very difficult to see them. This is what you have to do:

  • Lift gently your cat hair and start looking for fleas. They have a reddish-brown color and are about 2 mm long.
  • If you notice small brown-black dots on your cats you may just have found flea feces.
  • Check your cat more times during the day. Since fleas are very small, sometimes it is possible to miss them.
  • Check the areas where it sleeps. Its basket, bed, couches or all the other places where it uses to take naps.

Prevention and flea treatment for cats

There are different ways to treat fleas on cats and most of them require the use of flea repellents (such as collar, shampoo, spot-on) which contain toxic chemicals and may not be well tolerated by the cat. Sometimes they can cause allergic reactions or infections (when ingested).

This is why a lot of people have decided to use natural home remedies to treat their cats. However, its is vey important that you document yourself before using any of these remedies that are vey easy to find on the web. For example, DO NOT put garlic in your cat food or wash them with dish soap like many website suggest. Both of these remedies are very dangerous for your animal and can create a bigger problem that the one you are trying to solve.

One of the best ways to protect your cats is to keep your house and the environment where they live always clean. This is because fleas like to hide in dusty areas especially curtains, carpets, moquette, pillowcases and couches. Fleas infestations are less frequent when they cannot find places to hide and reproduce.

I want to give you with a good trick to catch fleas in house. Put a plate with dish soap under a lamp or with a lighted tea light candle in it. The light will attract the fleas in the plate and the dish soap will trap them until they are dead. If you decide to follow this trick, be very careful that your cats will not be able to reach the plate (as I mentioned before, dish soap is very dangerous if ingested).

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